Shopping for denim used to be fairly simple in my world. I looked for three things—a pair that naturally gives me hips and my booty and waist more definition. But after having my second child a few months ago, my criteria has changed. These days, I'm all about concealing the extra weight around my midsection and it's proving to be a bit complicated. Some jeans fit, others don't. And the ones that are made for postpartum bodies tend to look off-trend.
I tried on a bunch (10 to be exact) of skinnies, straight legs and boot cuts in my newly sized frame, and these are my absolute favorites. I'm ready to throw on a white tee and Adidas to be set for every season. (For reference, I'm a size 27 in most pants.)
Give these flattering jeans a try and you'll be the most confident mama on the playground:
1. Madewell Tall Wide-Leg Crop Jeans in Finney Wash
Why I love it: This pair is Madewell's best-selling workwear-inspired fit and I can totally see why. It's higher than your average 10" rise, so you'll enjoy the extra layer that holds you in super snug. It's also wide throughout so it conceals your tummy. Also, the super-sleek pockets in the front are pretty deep—which means it's great for housing the small items my toddler makes me carry around.
Fit tip: It's made of premium cotton (98%) and elastane (2%) denim and offers a relaxed, slightly looser fit.
2. Paige Hoxton Ultra Skinny
Why I love it: Some say skinny jeans are outdated, but these skinnies will never go out of style. They have a classic high rise fit, which is great for mamas who want a bit more coverage, and the fuss-free skinny fit is so comfortable you'll forget your wearing denim.
Fit tip: It offers a skinny fit through leg down to your ankle, giving it a slimmer fit throughout so if you're in between sizes, go up one.
3. Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jean
Why I love it: The authentic denim feel (with a hint of stretch) doesn't bag out and leave me looking (and feeling) frumpy. These jeans are so comfy I wore them around the house and forgot I had them on.
Fit tip: They are true to size. There's minimal stretch, so it's perfect for mamas that don't like a tight, suction fit.
4. J Brand Jules High-Rise Straight Leg In White
Why I love it: This pair has the look of rigid denim, but the fit of sleek, vintage-inspired denim that's great for every occasion. It's a true straight-leg, so it works great with any type of shoe. It's also surprisingly comfortable and great for bending down and picking up items my child drops.
Fit tip: This jean is slightly tighter than most straight-leg fits. If you are between sizes, order up one size.
5. Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans in Soft Black
Why I love it: If you're looking for a classic skinny jean, these are your best fit. The price is reasonable, the fit is comfortable and you can throw them in the washer many times without compromising the look.
Fit tip: This denim offer the best waist-defining fit. If you want the look of a slimmer waist, this pair is for you.
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